The city of Anaheim welcomes hundreds of conventions during the year, and with that features thousands and thousands of visitors to the city. Anaheim and the convention center area closely located to the Disney area and the Downtown Disney area as well. For convention goers though, they area able to expand their horizons beyond the trade show area and enjoy the wide selection of dining and shopping choices just across the street at Downtown Disney.

The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center in the Orange County area and specifically in Anaheim. It has been open since 1967, and currently occupies over 800,000 square feet of space and has meeting and ball space for much more. The largest shows at the Anaheim Convention Center include the widely attended NAMM Music show, Anime Expo’s, Blizzcon for World of Warcraft fans, and others. As the Anaheim Convention Center can hold a large number of convention goers, the 9100 person capacity fills the Anaheim Convention Center with plenty of convention goers. WIth this though, convention goers from the Anaheim Convention Center often want to dine and shop at the various stores and restaurants other than the ones in their hotels.

Walking across the street from the Anaheim Convention Center can introduce convention goers to the Downtown Disney area. Here, convention attenders can enjoy a wide selection of dining choices, movie theaters, the ESPN Zone restaurant and gaming area, a wide pallet of food choices, and other entertainment options. At Downtown Disney, convention attenders can break free from the shackles of the convention and let loose to enjoy the Disney themed area without the crowds of the Disney theme park or the busy hotels that are in the area. Diners after the convention can enjoy jazz and creole food at the House of Blues and Ralph Brennan’s restaurants. Casual dining can be enjoyed at Canal. Tortilla Jo’s can fill the stomach’s of any convention goer who wants to enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a margarita or two after the convention. For convention attendees who just want a simple pizza or Italian food, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria gives them that option. In addition, convention attendees can go the AMC 12 theaters to enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbuster film on their stay. To pick up any Disney related merchandise, Downtown Disney features multiple Disney stores and features anything from pins to clothing, along with collectibles to bring home to the family. Lastly, convention attendees from the Anaheim Convention Center can take in a live concert just across the convention hall at Downtown Disney House of Blues. Big time entertainment and concerts are held nightly and tickets can be purchased from the box office at the House of Blues.

Either way, convention attenders at the Anaheim Convention Center can just walk across the street to Downtown Disney and get beyond the convention and enjoy themselves. It will break up the long convention and fill the heart with dining and entertainment options nightly.